A Season of Change: McDonough Steps Down

Chicago Cubs team president John McDonough will be moving to the West Side and become the Blackhawks new man in charge. McDonough had been with the Cubs organization since 1983, although most Cubs fans hadn't heard of him until last year when he took over as team president from Andy MacPhail. According to our wonderful readers from various radio reports, Crane Kenney will step in to take over his Cubs duties. With ownership in limbo and McDonough supposedly not working with any contract, it's probably a smart move on his part as chances of him remaining with the club under new ownership were slim. Kenney was the guy that McDonough reported to as is, so it's doubtful this will change much of the Cubs offseason plans.

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Hmm - So we can plan on a Beanie Baby giveway at the UC when we go to a back hawks game?

Rob, I have to disagree that most Cub fans hadn't heard of McDonough until last year. I'd be willing to bet he was the most well-known team Marketing Director in all of professional sports, partly because some of his innovations, e.g., the fan convention and the Beanie Baby giveaway (good call, Rory), got so much attention and partly because McDonough was never shy about going on the air and letting radio hosts shower him with compliments. (Dave Kaplan, who I normally love, is sickening with McDonough; Chet Coppock, who I normally despise, is almost as bad.) All in all, this is a bigger win for the Hawks than it is a loss for the Cubs. The idea that McDonough drove the Tower to up the payroll last off-season is preposterous. He was under-qualified for the President's job and was smart to get out before the new owner showed him the door. With the Blackhawks, he'll get to impact Marketing, which is what he knows.

Just in case Manny is busy during the holiday week: Another Cubs Executive is gone but Teflon Jim stays!!!! AMAZING!!!

throw in a donut joke and I think we'd be set

Rest assured BBlue, Hendry will saddle us with at least 3 more crippling, backloaded deals on his way out the door.

Ya, but at least it looks like Matsui isn't going to be one of them.

Ya, but at least it looks like Matsui isn’t going to be one of them. who says?

Does anyone here know anything about Crane Kenney?

Dr. Aaronb - "Hendry will saddle us with at least 3 more crippling, backloaded deals on his way out the door." Hendry has to offer backloaded deals...how else could we afford to sign potential starters, coming off of the DL, hoping to make a comeback...

touche DJH

LATEST from Crane Kenney: From ChicagoSports.com "Originally posted: November 20, 2007 McDonough leaving Cubs UPDATED 12:09 p.m. Cubs president John McDonough will be introduced as the new president of the Blackhawks at a noon news conference at the United Center. Full story here. In a statement, the Cubs said Crane Kenney, who took over marketing the team when McDonough was promoted to president in October 2006, will oversee the team's business operations while general manager Jim Hendry will lead the baseball side. "It has been a privilege to be associated with the Chicago Cubs and to be identified with one of the greatest franchises in all of sports," McDonough said in a statement. "Cubs fans truly deserve a World Series Championship and I hope they realize it in 2008." "We will not let the ownership transition distract us from our primary goal: to see a championship come to the Chicago Cubs in 2008," Kenney said in statement. "Jim Hendry has a well-constructed plan in place and is already working to strengthen our roster for 2008." Biz as usual, folks.

how else could we afford to sign potential starters, coming off of the DL, hoping to make a comeback… Like who?

“Jim Hendry has a well-constructed plan in place and is already working to strengthen our roster for 2008.” SHENANIGANS!!! When has Jim Hendry ever had a plan? :)

oh for fuck's sake, Rollins wins the NL MVP 353 to 336 over Holliday. 5 more first place votes but Holliday had 11 more second place votes. Somebody thought Holliday was no better than 6th. I give up.... Rollins, Holliday, Fielder, Wright, Howard, Jones, Peavy, Utley, Pujols, Ramirez, Byrnes Soriano 12th (got a 3rd place vote), Ramirez 13th, Marmol got a 10th place vote

Kobayashi deal to Indians is for 2 years with a 2010 opion.

To get to the next level the Cubs need: a right fielder with fielding skills, a strong arm and some pop in his bat Get stronger up the middle with: a wide-ranging center fielder who can hit for average a shortstop with some power a catcher, if Soto turns out not to be "the one" Plus some pitching: one more quality SP a new closer Hendry's plan: Load up on marginal second basemen and let them "fight it out" for all those jobs

With the final NL MVP standings out, the final scores are compiled in the predictions contest. http://www.stanford.edu/~boptholt/TCR_predict...

Re: #15.. Hanley Ramirez finished 10th, Aramis Ramirez finished 13th if that wasn't clear.

Any one else starting to think Andruw Jones is a possibility for the Cubs now? With Fukudome leaning towards the Yomunri Giants leaving us with a pile of free agent cash for an OF and Jones not having alot, if any suitors at the moment. Boras has said he will not look for a one year deal for Jones, but would that change if we threw 20 mil his way? If Hendry does have 30 mil to spend it still leaves him another to sign Wood and bench upgrades. Plus he could save cash by dumping Demp or Marquis. I would love our line-up of: Sori Theriot Lee Ram Jones Soto Dero Murton P

I would not love Andruw Jones. I'm sorry. I just don't think that posting 222/311/413 in a contract year in over 500 AB's can be dismissed as some odd quirk that magically fixes itself.

Jones would be great on a 1 year deal. He plays like hell to max his value. Cubs reap the rewards. Plus they get the Type A free agency compensation when he leaves to sign long term with Baltimore next year. Win/Win

I'd take Andruw on a one year deal, he won't hit 220 next year. If he just raises his BA to 250, his line goes up to 250/340/450 which is decent at least. Chances are I think he'll do even better than that...

Kenney on the sale... http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?... "The process is one that we control a part of, and [Major League Baseball] controls a part of, and the various bidders who have an interest ... control some of the timing," Kenney said Tuesday. "My expectation is that there will be some clarification of team ownership by the middle of next year. It's gone slower than we thought it would, but we're also comfortable with the pace."

Soriano 12th (got a 3rd place vote), Ramirez 13th, Marmol got a 10th place vote Can someone please explain a few things: - How Soriano got a 3rd place vote - How Soriano was the most valuable player on the Cubs - How a middle relief pitcher can get mvp votes - How Soriano and ARam got MVP votes, but not DLee.

Jay Mariotti and Phil Rogers get votes. I'm shocked that Kerry Wood or Jack Jones didnt get votes

well Soriano led the team in homers and if you looked at your RSS feed for Chadball, you'd know that team went as Soriano went..

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  • Arizona Phil 52 min 17 sec ago (view)

    And if Bryant does win the Service Time grievance his value in a trade this coming off-season will be diminished, because one year of club control until he becomes a free-agent versus two years of control is a significant difference. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 8 min ago (view)

    Q-MAN: It actually wouldn't surprise me if Bryant wins the grievance. 

     

  • Cubster 2 hours 9 min ago (view)

    ...and our Manager can dance!

     

  • QuietMan 3 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Still cant get the images of that SNL skit out of my mind.

     

  • Cubster 5 hours 46 min ago (view)

    This is really sad. A fatal pulmonary embolism is quite rare, older data had about 0.019% incidence (range 0-0.6%, for total knees). DVT without prophylaxis is higher and most people are getting prophylaxis (blood thinners) postop. DVT (leg clots) is a nuisance but not life threatening (unless the clot goes to the lungs). Patients with a history of DVT are at greater risk and there are other risk factors.

     

  • Cubster 6 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Kaplan also tweets Ross is the new manager and they are working on contract. Tweet reported in mlbtr too.

    "Cubs made their decision late yesterday afternoon and the other candidates have been informed they are indeed out. David Ross is the choice."

     

  • QuietMan 6 hours 10 min ago (view)

    The Kris Bryant service time grievance is finally being heard by an arbitrator this week according to Kaplan.

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old

     

  • crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    "MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."

    espada's had 2 interviews.  for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work.  SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.

     

  • JustSayin' 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

     That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter.  MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent.  They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players.  In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted.  For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.